Choral Department


Vasiliki Tsouva

Doctoral Candidate: Chorusmaster Teatro Nacional Sucre, Ecuador
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Welcome Prospective Conducting Students! 

Indiana University attracts some of the brightest, most self-motivated, and most creative musicians. The Choral Department at the Jacobs School of Music is a bustling environment with 10 choral ensembles, as many as 6 opera choruses, a pool of over 300 gifted singers, and one of the most comprehensive music libraries in the world. Our programs prepare students to succeed in all areas of the choral profession, with an unmatched faculty of five choral professionals who specialize in everything from the traditional choral-orchestral and operatic repertoire, to early music, new music, and vocal jazz and vocal popular music. 

While at IU, students have access to a collaborative environment filled with professional vocal and instrumental musicians. Our graduate conductors regularly convene ad-hoc choral-orchestral concerts; conduct premieres of IU composers; prepare opera choruses for international guest conductors; travel, speak, and perform at major festivals and conferences; and explore interdisciplinary artistic endeavors. The Choral Department regularly hosts guest artists from around the world.  Recent guests have included Simon Carrington, Ragnar Bohlin, Vance George, David Hayes, Amy Keiser, Don Moses, John Nelson, Robert Porco, Joerg Ritter, Dale Warland, Gary Wedow.

Because of our wealth of resources, we believe strongly in encouraging a non-competitive environment where all students receive an equal and ample amount of podium time. Daily life of graduate conducting students is intense. A typical student might spend the morning in score study and academic classes, the afternoon leading the University Chorale or Symphonic Choir, and the evening rehearsing for an ad-hoc concert, a community chorus, or a church choir.  

Students who excel in our graduate conducting programs are highly motivated, experienced musicians who leap at non-curricular opportunities in addition to crafting their own recitals.  Recent student ad-hoc project include orchestral performances of arias from Don Giovanni, semi-staged productions of Gluck's Orfeo and Schumann's Der Rose Pilgerfahrt, a music-video installation at the School of Fine Arts Gallery, a rock-inspired staged performance of Bach's St. John Passion (Passionate Convictions), and Organ Fest: an annual student-directed collaboration between the choral and sacred music programs.

We invite you to browse our website for more information on our graduate programs, the audition process, our ensembles, as well as our faculty and students.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.  We are here to enable you to learn and create inspiring musical performances before diving head-first into the professional choral world.